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“Why do the horses have such small heads?”

Grotte du Pech-Merle
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Pech Merle Cave and Saint Cirq Lapopie Village...
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Cabrerets
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: One of the world's finest painted prehistoric caves.
Reviewed June 27, 2013

We were lucky enough to be there in mid-season and thus enjoyed a tour of the grotto with just 3 of us. The guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and we were able to see the cave drawings in great detail - something that might not be the case in high season.
Apparently the number of visitors is limited to 700 a day, so if you plan to visit in July and August, it's probably best to pre-book.
The drawings are very impressive and numerous. Mammoths, horses (with very small heads!), bison, even people, a fish...

Thank Renate P
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

An excellent visit - the guided tour in English was really good. we can't wait to take visitors there. One major plus point is that you can book on line really easily on their website - making sure that you get an English tour if you need one. So much easier than the sites in theDordogne. One minor quibble - we bought a CD of photos (€18) as of course you can't take any pictures in the grotto. Annoyed on getting home to find that they were not the universally accessible Jpegs, but PCD files, which are some sort of Kodak file. Eventually managed to convert them to a readable format and have told the people at the grotto, who apologised.

Thank DJCCorreze
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

This was a fantastic place to visit. We saw all of the major ice age cave art caves and this was by far my favorite because you saw the real thing and could see it really close up. The spotted horse tableau is something that everyone should see. The rest of the cave is pretty nice too, but the drawings are the real draw. Be sure to book tickets online in advance because they only allow a certain limited number of people in a day (maybe 80 or so), so advance reservation is a must. Also there is an tour by an English speaking guide once a day (or at least when we were there). The museum there is also really nice. Not too large, but with enough stuff to really give you a flavor of the artifacts and bones from the last ice age.

Thank barbara r
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

We were really glad to have made the effort to come here because both the cave itself and the ancient drawings were outstanding.
It is a privilege to get so near our ancestors and see the shape of a foot and hands as well as drawings of animals.I did not find the group too big, 24 people and our tour was in English.
I was concerned to hear about high CO2 levels but I did not notice while in the cave. Photography is not allowed and if you turn up without booking you may have to wait for a place on a tour as we did. It was worth it.
The time in the cave and the size of the groups are restricted to reduce damage and the guide helped us understand what we saw.This was a highlight of our travels in the region.
However be warned, the snack bar is a last resort rather than a resource.Better to go back to the village or eat your own picnic than buy slimy croque monsieur here.

Thank persistent
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

These are among the only prehistoric caves in France where you can actually go inside, walk among the stalactites, and view ancient cave drawings. This is not Disneyland, this is the real thing, where cavemen and cavewomen lived and discovered their own creativity in the harshness of an 'uncivilized' world.
And, as an aside, you should spend at least a week or two in the area, in St. Cirq Lapopie especially, recently voted 'the most beautiful village in France.' The caves are just one of so many things to do in the area, in the Village, in the countryside, in the river valley as a whole.
Exceptional beauty everywhere. The caves of Pech-Merle are just one of many treats!

Thank morgancharles
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